MIDDLETOWN: ONE LAST PADDLE FOR 2014

Swimming RvrpaddleChris’s River Plaza Marina is the setting for a final seasonal session of canoeing on the Swimming River, this Sunday afternoon.

If there’s something especially bittersweet about a last chance to get the oars in the water, before the boats are hauled out for a too-long winter’s nap, then the glass-half-full types among us would do well to focus on the “sweet” this Sunday, October 12, as the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association offers up one more public-invited session of canoeing on the Swimming River.

Scheduled for the hours between 11 am and 3 pm, the all-ages excursions depart from Chris’ River Plaza Marina at 483 West Front Street, just west of the bridge from Red Bank. And, with most forecasts looking at paddle-friendly weather for Sunday, there’s little excuse not to join the River Rangers in those colorful canoes, for a leisurely paced, priceless perspective on the greater Green’s bucolic backyard.

The folks at NHMA will supply the canoes, as well as the paddles and life vests. Participants are asked to bring their own hat, sunscreen, bug spray and water — and be sure to bring a cash fee of $10 per boatload of paddlers and passengers (children must be accompanied by an adult), to cover insurance and other expenses.

Take it here for additional details — and email myhumphreys@gmail.com to reserve a spot with the River Rangers this Sunday.